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Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush Review (300 Coral Reef)

If you were to ask me what one of my can’t live without products were I would answer without hesitation - blush. Especially cream blush. I love working with creamy formulas the blend seamlessly into the skin and feel lightweight.

When Revlon came out with a cream blush I was instantly attracted to it. Drugstore brands are often lacking in the cream blush department so those of us who want a more affordable option are left without no choice but to use our nude lipstick as our blush (which, by the way works amazingly well)

Revlon Photoready Cream Blush Coral ReefRevlon’s PhotoReady cream blush has a nice, creamy consistency; not as creamy as some other cream blushes I have tried but it’s creamy enough that it blends into the skin easily but can still be used by those with an oily skin type.

The blush has almost no shimmer (I did find a few small flecks but they are not very obvious and once blended into the skin are almost invisible) The blush sets to a matte, powder finish and is suitable with those from very dry to very oily skin.

This cream blush has decent staying power, not everyday, all day staying power but when it comes to lunch time and you are in the bathroom touching up your makeup you won’t be questioning whether you were in such a hurry in the morning that you forgot to apply blush. Setting with an additional powder blush on top or using your hardcore primer that nothing can break through is not necessary.

Having dry skin, in the past I have encountered a little issue with cream blushes. They make any dry patches on my skin extremely noticeable, which is not something that in makeup I try to achieve. However this cream blush does not accentuate my dry patches which is a huge pro for me.

Whilst all the rest in this cream blush is fantastic the next thing made it difficult for me to love it. The shade 300 Coral Reef is not at all suitable for those with a fair skin tone. Unfortunately it leaves my fair skin looking like I’m sun burnt which is not a good look on anyone. Using a foundation brush, my fingers or a sponge simply won’t make it look natural on my skin. Using a stippling brush makes it bearable, and I am able to get away with it if I spend several minutes blending. The other alternative is to use an extremely sheer foundation or powder on top. I feel as though Coral Reef is better off saved to those with a medium to dark skin tone.

The pigmentation of this particular product is hard for me to judge as the shade I have tried was intense on my fair skin tone so I can’t comment for the other shades. However in my opinion the pigmentation is quite strong at first but blends out very sheer.

The cream blush also works well as a lip colour. I find that Coral Reef gives me a gorgeous, coral stained effect, however it is essential to use a good lip balm underneath as it can enhance the appearance of dry patches and lip lines.

The product is packaged in standard cream blush packaging, a standard small pot with a screw top lid (similar to Bobbi Browns previous packaging of the pot rouge) it isn’t the most hygienic packaging out there but I can’t  really see any other way to package a cream blush.

Revlon’s PhotoReady Cream Blush is apart of the escapism collection. It retails at $26.95 in AUS at Priceline, Select pharmacy’s and major department stores. For those in the USA it retails at $12.99 and is available at most drugstores. £7.99 at Boots, and most pharmacy’s in the UK.

*This post contains a product/sample which was sent to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy. This does not alter the honesty of this review or this blog, all opinions stated are honest and my own.


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